Brazil 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2014 World Cup

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Brazil hosted  the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will host another major sporting event in 2016: Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. National and international media, unions, activists, human rights organizations, and other NGOs have shone a spotlight on abuses caused by the impacts of massive infrastructure projects that were carried out in preparation for the World Cup and for those that are still going to be carried out for preparation of the Olimpcs. A civil society group was created in Brazil named “The National Coalition of Local Committees for a Peoples’ World Cup and Olympics”, which brings together many "popular local committees" in the 12 Brazilian cities that hosted the World Cup football matches. It also includes Rio de Janeiro that hosted World Cup matches and will host the Olympic Games.

The government had promised that any urban construction projects involving, for instance, resettlement of communities and improvements in urban mobility (e.g. Bus Rapid Transit projects), would be conducted with citizen participation in the decision making process and transparency. It was claimed that the projects would benefit the most marginalised groups; however, the reality has been somewhat different. In recent months and years, several reports have been published and submitted to local and international authorities containing allegations of human rights abuses such as forced displacements and evictions, forced labour, discrimination, lack of consultation of affected communities, child labour, and violent repression of protesters.

Many of these allegations involve abuses committed by or with the complicity of private companies. The World Cup was and the Olympic Games are an opportunity to push for positive change. This page features some of the main developments and coverage on human rights in Brazil related to the major sporting events, highlighting the role and responsibilities of companies operating there. We will continue to add new reports & coverage on an ongoing basis.

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21 August 2016
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Author: Marcelo Justo, BBC Mundo

"Río 2016: ¿por qué las multinacionales patrocinadoras de las Olimpiadas no pagan impuestos?", 17 Aug 2016...

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17 August 2016

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Brazil: Judge orders Rio 2016 organisers to allow peaceful protests after several spectators were expelled from Olympic arenas

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3 August 2016

Brazil: Recent analyses & allegations of business and human rights violations related to the upcoming Rio Olympics

The Centre has gathered articles with recent analyses and allegations of business and human rights violations related to the upcoming Rio Olympics. It includes our own article.

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2 August 2016
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O Centro coletou artigos com análises e alegações recentes de violações de direitos humanos por empresas relacionadas às Olimpíadas do Rio que estão para começar. Para ler esta história em inglês, clique aqui.

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2 August 2016
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2 August 2016
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Author: Gizele Martins, jornalista e comunicadora comunitária do conjunto de favelas da Maré/RioonWatch

“Moradores Sitiados: Polícia Entra Atirando em Favelas da Maré por Três Dias Consecutivos”, 29 de julho de 2016...

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Brazil: Residents allege they were under siege in their homes due to military police action to promote “pacification” for the Olympics

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